UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor showed no interest in defending his featherweight title, and when faced with the prospect of having to give up one belt, kept 155. But he has expressed no interest in defending the lightweight belt, calling undefeated #1 contender Khabib Nurmagomedov as a “pull-out merchant.” Notorious expressed only passing interest in fighting for the welterweight title.
What he wants is to box Floyd Mayweather Jr. and he recently got licensed as a prizefighter in California. However, in a recent interview with Elie Seckbach for FightHype.com, Mayweather was not impressed.
“He’s blowing smoke up everybody’s a**. He don’t really wanna fight because I went to his boss. He don’t want to fight, he’s just doing that to keep his name alive, to stay relevant. He’s doing that to build his followers. He’s smart.”
The most interesting part of the denial is that Mayweather went to Dana White about the fight, the necessary first step.
Although Mayweather hasn’t fought outside of Nevada in over a decade, McGregor may still harbor a grudge at his fines by the Nevada State Athletic Commission over tossing a water bottle. Thus the source of the licensing in California could be that, rather than blowing smoke … somewhere.